St Paul’s Cathedral announces the appointment of new Canon Steward

First published 4th June 2024

The Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo has been appointed by His Majesty the King as Residentiary Canon and Steward of St Paul’s Cathedral.

In her new role, Cathy will be responsible for the stewardship of people and resources at the Cathedral. As Canon Steward, she will be a member of the Cathedral’s Chapter, the main governing body of the Cathedral, supporting St Paul’s mission to inspire and encourage others with the Gospel of Christ. 

Welcoming Catherine to the Diocese of London, The Bishop of London, The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally, commented: 

"Catherine’s commitment to serving Christ and her local community in the Diocese of Bristol and beyond makes her a perfect fit for Canon Steward at the Cathedral. She will play a vital role for St Paul’s, advancing the Cathedral’s mission and enhancing the lives of individuals within and outside of the Cathedral. I look forward to seeing her flourish in this new role and the valuable contribution she makes in the years ahead."

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol and the Rt Revd Neil Warwick, Bishop of Swindon said: 

"We are delighted that Cathy is moving to St Paul’s Cathedral to be the next Canon Steward. We will miss her greatly here in the Diocese of Bristol. She has enriched the people and community of St Barnabas and All Saints Church, and Swindon Deanery. Further, she has positively challenged and shaped perspectives and practice in the Diocese since she's been appointed to the position of Bishop’s Advisor on Racial Justice. We look forward to seeing what goodness Cathy’s experience and presence will bring to the community in and around St Paul’s."

At the Diocese of Bristol, Cathy was the Bishop’s Advisor on Racial Justice and Vicar of All Saints and St Barnabas, Swindon. In her role, she worked closely with the Bishop of Bristol to address the Church’s past relationship with the slave trade, challenge racism within the Church, and support and develop Black and minority ethnic clergy.

Having grown up in the Middle East, Cathy studied in the US and UK before working as an English teacher for almost a decade. She has published numerous works of fiction and academic works, in which she explores the experiences of Black African and Black British women and their relationship with the Church and society. 

The Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo commented:

"Following a blessed ministry at St Barnabas and All Saints Church (Swindon) and in the wider Diocese of Bristol, I am absolutely delighted at the privilege of joining in what God is doing at St Paul’s Cathedral at this exciting juncture of its story.

"As Canon Steward, I look forward to serving the communities of St Paul's Cathedral, the Diocese of London, and the City of London, as I live out the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. My prayer is that my ministry at St Paul’s Cathedral would flow out of the fruits of God’s spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control (Galatians 5.22-23) as I journey with many over the years ahead."

Cathy’s installation will take place at Evensong on Sunday 8th September 2024. 

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Credit: Graham Lacdao / St Paul’s Cathedral

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